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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 21, 2010 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: furthur

I respect your opinion MC . I think a lot has to do with how much Garcia influenced you as an artist , directly , live . People speak often of believing he was singing to only them . He was able to deliver such a high emotional content to his voice , combined with a breadth and depth of musicianship that also brought a high emotional impact . He was the one , the focal point that some have mentioned is missing in Further . While listening to Furthur I hear his lines in my head all the time . He knew how to sculpt notes and mostly pick that right ones . He was at times fearless on stage . I am realizing how rare that is . It takes a certain brass to have no real idea were you are going musically and it all could crash and burn in front of thousands of people . And it did . And he still would go back out on the edge . Most artists just don't put themselves out there like he did . It's just too frightening . He was truly a Great Artist . I miss him more , not less as time goes on .
Furthur is not GD . But , it's hard to not have all that history in your head when I go see them . I think that Bobby and Phil combining forces and passing the torch to the next generation of musicians and fans is a true gift . They do not have to do this . It must be love .
MC , I'll give the DDHNM is listen . Now , I have about 5 others just jumped into my head cause that is one of my favs . If I waste 10' , I comin' lookin' for you MC .;-)

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Nov 21, 2010 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: furthur

I agree with everything you said there. As I said, Furthur doesn't come anywhere close to the spiritual intensity that Garcia had to offer when he was on. And I do think that, having been too young to have seen them live, I have an altogether different attitude going to these post-Jerry shows; more of a gift that I get to see them play together at all. The dead will always live primarily in my tapes, and so my relationship with them will always be chiefly a private one, but it's pretty glorious to see these two guys, my gods to some extent, playing together happily and joyously.

In that sense I'm somewhat grateful to be so young, because it enables me to see Furthur for what they are rather than trying to compare them to faded memories of what their music is emulating.

And micah - I still can't believe you walked out! Dark Star > The Other One > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Death Don't > Franklin's Tower!!! You left just when the good stuff was starting to pour out. I agree that El Paso was totally lame, though.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 21, 2010 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: furthur

You are right MC . I am ruined for what is now It's just the way it is . While you see/hear opportunity . That's why I try to find a balance between being honest and not trashing the fans or the overall experience . You are the next torchbearers .